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Judge rejects Bennett plea

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 — A Susanville man may now face trial for 65 counts of animal cruelty after a judge rejected his plea agreement.

Dwight Alan Bennett, 62, appeared in Lassen Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 15 for sentencing, however, the matter for discussion centered on a tentative ruling posted by former presiding, now visiting judge Stephen Bradbury.

The tentative ruling, dated Oct. 15, said, “After evaluation of the underlying circumstances and the extent of the grossly inhumane treatment of the large number of horses found living in possession of the defendant and reasonable inferences to be drawn from the large number of deceased horses upon and near his property, the court finds the agreement between the parties for 120 days of jail incarceration for the defendant is not within a sentence range just and appropriate for his conduct.”

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Beta Mu Masters dinner fundraiser tickets available

Monday, Oct. 28, 2014 — Tickets for the Beta Sigma Phi Ravioli Dinner, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Monticola Club, are available from Linda Tindell at msratindell@frontiernet.net or by calling 251-3685. Menu items include raviolis (homemade), spaghetti, salad, bread, homemade desserts, tea and coffee.

This is a fundraising event for the local Beta Mu Masters branch of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. There will be gift baskets to raffle away. This is a limited seating event, and tickets sell quickly; children under age 10 get in at a discounted price.

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Lassen National Forest to lift fire restrictions Oct. 20

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 — Changing conditions are prompting Lassen National Forest officials to lift fire restrictions as of Monday, Oct. 20.

This means forest visitors may once again have campfires outside of developed campgrounds and recreation sites, although campfire permits are still required. Fire officials remind forest visitors to keep campfires small and be sure they are dead out and cold to the touch before leaving camp.

The lifting of restrictions also rescinds the “hoot owl” provision, which means chainsaws no longer have a 1 p.m. shutdown time and may now be used all day on Lassen National Forest lands. Woodcutters must have valid woodcutting permits, and their chainsaws must be equipped with spark arresters.

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Dancing for a Brand New Me event raises local awareness

Dance1Nicole McCoy and Tater Lohr (left picture) perfect their dance routine for the upcoming Dancing for aBrand New Me event on Oct. 25.

Alex McElrath and Ruth Ellis (below) practice their show tune dance for the inaugural Dancing for a Brand New Me event put on by Lassen Family Services to raise awareness about domestic violence. Photos by Makenzie Davis


Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 — Lassen County’s own version of Dancing with the Stars is focused on raising awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse.

Dancing for a Brand New Me, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, will boast five couples, each consisting of a community member and a professional dancer from House of Dance.

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Locals participate in Archaeology Day

Emily Strength, left, and Ezabella Strength learn how to throw an atlatl, or spear, at hay bales during the Bureau of Land Management and Susanville Indian Rancheria’s first Public Archaeology Day on Saturday, Oct. 4. Photos by Makenzie Davis

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 — Community members experienced early Lassen County life through several hands-on activities.

Organized by the Bureau of Land Management, on Saturday, Oct. 4, locals participated in an Archaeology Day at Hobo Camp in Susanville.

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